The PSC PhD Program in Science & Policy requires completion of 12 ECTS (credit points) from courses organized or accredited by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC). This includes: PSC courses, Life Science Zurich Graduate School courses, and university courses in the area of transferable skills.

For your curriculum choose courses from the table below. The table is taken from PhD Program Science and Policy Guidelines (PDF, 1 MB):

Activities [Numbers correspond to chapters in the Guidelines ] ECTS
Compulsory Activity:
4 out of 6 modules
Policy Workshops, offered by the PSC, 2 ECTS each [3.1]:
  • Evidence-based Policy-making
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communicating Science
  • Building Political Support
  • Analysis and Communication of Risks and Uncertainties
  • Understanding Policy Evaluation
1 Lecture in Basics of Policy Sciences (i.e. Introduction to Political Sciences, 1 ECTS), [3.2]
Elective Activities: 3
Other Elective Activities: [3.4-3.7]
  • Participation in international scientific symposium with own scientific contribution (oral or poster presentation, preferentially with science-policy section) (max. 1 ECTS)
  • Organization of PSC PhD Symposium, preferentially with science-policy section (max. 3 ECTS)
  • Transferable skill course can also be visited at LSZGS, GRC, GRACE and other continuing education offers at ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and University of Basel.

Accreditation for other courses (ECTS)

Participation in other courses (national/international) needs prior agreement of your PhD supervisor.

All ECTS acquired outside of Universities of Zurich and Basel, ETH Zurich and associated PhD Programs need a confirmed accreditation through the PSC office: fill the form in the submenu Procedures → Accreditation of external courses. 

PSC offers courses in collaboration with Life Science Zurich Graduate School, University of Zurich, University of Basel and ETH Zurich. Students have to make sure to follow accreditation procedures for all other courses.


All PhD students have to participate in the LSZGS introduction event Scientific Integrity - An Introductory Course (2 hours, no ECTS). During this event students sign the declaration of “Good scientific practice” that becomes part of your DissGo documents.

At ETH, PhD students have to visit a Workshop "Research Integrity" for PhD students at ETH Zurich (2-3 hours, 1 ECTS). The PhD program in Plant Sciences is offering this course in spring term, however all research integrity courses hosted by your department are also accepted.

All PhD students who have or will participate in a course on “Research Integrity” or “Ethics” during their PhD program don’t need to visit the introduction class. To see all accredited training courses, check the scientific integrity training course catalogue. (PDF, 163 KB)